Stratasys Additive manufacturing for aircraft interior
The additive manufacturing and 3D printing specialist Stratasys will demonstrate at Paris Air Show 2017 how advances in additive manufacturing are transforming the production of aircraft parts.
Stratasys will present additive manufacturing solutions that facilitate the 3D printing of FAA- and EASA-certified parts, with a proven track record in improving repeatability, supply chain efficiencies and reducing costs for customers such as Airbus, ULA and others, the company says.
Stratasys will also make announcements with world-leading aerospace manufacturers at the show, reinforcing how Stratasys additive manufacturing solutions are helping aerospace companies and agencies improve economies of production.
According to the company, this is exemplified by Stratasys’ recently established strategic partnership with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) to accelerate the adoption of 3D printed production parts for commercial aviation, while Etihad Airways, Siemens and STRATA recently produced the first fully-certified 3D printed aircraft interior part in the Middle East using Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology. The company’s Ultem 9085 resin is also certified to an Airbus material specification, combining a high strength-to-weight ratio with FST (flame, smoke, and toxicity) compliance for aircraft flight parts. This enables Airbus to produce strong, lightweight parts, while substantially reducing production time and manufacturing costs.
Additive manufacturing brings new levels of efficiency and flexibility to production supply chains by enabling parts to be produced on-demand and at locations optimized for delivery to final assembly lines. It also improves the buy-to-fly ratio as less material is wasted to produce final production parts, compared to conventional manufacturing methods.
Paris Ait show will be held at Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from 19 to 25 June.